Middle School update. 24 February 2017

Queridos padres,

What a wonderful week we had enjoying the films and filmmakers her in town through the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival!  Our middle school kids enjoyed, “Walk with me”, “Badger Creek” and “Soy Cubana.”  During two different question and answer sessions, the filmmakers told the teachers that our students asked the best questions they’ve heard — even better than adults on the film festival circuit.  We highly encourage you to get your kiddos out this weekend to see more films!  The students’ also all received free passes to the Schoolhouse Doc series.

If you want to know more about these two documentaries visit their webpages:

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Badger Creek producer and director, Jonathan Skurnik

We also enjoyed Lineage Dance, a contemporary dance company out of Los Angeles this week.  Four of our middle schoolers accompanied the students, Grace and Collin on the cello and guitar respectively and Karma and Amelia with poetry.  We were so proud of our risk-taking performers!


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Lienage dancers

Students dancing with one of the Lienage dancers


7th grade parents, please mark your calendars as our 7th grade poets will have their culminating poetry reading on March 8th at 8:45 upstairs in room 9.  Please join us in this culminating celebration of their words and creativity!

Attention 6th and 7th grade parents: payment for the spring trip to Glacier National Park is due February 24th.  The total cost for the 2017 trip is $465 which includes tuition, room and board, as well as transportation to and from Discovery School. All payments should go directly to the school office.

Thank you to ALL that donated clothing to Soft Landing! What a difference we can make! They are unable to take any further clothing donations at this time. We are thankful to have such a giving community and look forward to sharing with you our next plan for giving back!

Mark your Calendar

Wednesday, March 1st: “I love to Read Month” comes to a close! Make sure to turn in your reading and brushing logs to your classroom teacher or to Laura Bovard by 5 pm.

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7th and 8th: K/1 LEGO Robotics and Animation Fair from 2pm -3pm in the gym

Thursday, March 9th: State MathCounts Competition in Butte. Go MIS!
Thursday, March 16th:-8th Grade Science Fair. Come check out the science fair in the gym from 1-2 pm.
March 20-24th: SPRING BREAK!
Friday, March 31st: MIS/MCT performance of “El Principe Rana”
There are  2 performances: 4 pm and 6 pm
There will be an opportunity for photos after the first performance.
Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $2.00 for children
Tickets available at the MCT Box Office or www.mctinc.org

Middle School Update, 17 February 2017

There will be a special assembly next Tuesday, 2/21, at 2:15 in the gym. Lineage Dance from LA (Gillian’s sister’s dance company) will be performing. They are a fantastic contemporary company and they will be performing from their repertoire, inviting some kiddos to join them and performing with some of our middle school poets and musicians accompanying them. It should be super fun!

“I Love to Read Month”!
Make sure to turn in your reading logs and daily dental logs to your classroom teacher, or to the library, no later than WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st by 5 P.M. All students will receive prize bags!

Upcoming Events
Mark your Calendar

Friday, February 24th: 4/5 and middle school ski at Snowbowl.
We leave here promptly at 8:45. Please make sure your child arrives no later than 8:30, ready with all their skiing gear.

Monday, February 20th: NO SCHOOL President’s Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Friday, March 9th: State MathCounts Competition in Butte. We will be cheering you on! Go Alex, Birch, Georgia, Grace and Sage!

Tuesday, March 16th: 6-8th grade Science Fair. Come check out the Science Fair in the MIS gym in the afternoon. A specific time will be announced later.

March 20-24th: NO SCHOOL Spring Break!

Looking even further ahead…

Sunday, April 2nd~ 2/3 performs at the University of Montana International Festival

March 31st~ MCT/ MIS performance of “El Principe Rana”.

Middle School update 2 February 2017

The Science Fair unit is on!  We’ve gone through the process of developing and proposing projects. Everyone completed their background research last week. Students are even beginning to think about their end product – and by the way, they are welcome to buy or construct their own science fair boards, or if more convenient, purchase one at school for $4.00.  Your young scientists are now in the midst of gathering materials, conducting experiments and collecting data.

Meanwhile, during class time, we are exploring Health and Human Body topics.  6th graders are focusing on body image and nutrition, while the 7th and 8th graders are learning about sexual health and safety.  I’ve invited several guest speakers from the Missoula community to come in and share their expertise.  I encourage you to speak to your child about what they have learned or any questions they may have.

6th graders analyzing magazine ads for messages about body image.

6th graders analyzing magazine ads for messages about body image.





By the way, last Friday’s overnight enrichment trip to the Gordon-Reese Cabin was a spectacular success!  Check out some photos of the trip here:Gordon Reese Ski Trip Photos


Have a great weekend,

Jen and the MS Team


Tírate el rollo!!!

Barb’s advisory has taken leadership this year organizing a service drive for the Poverello. This year the needs are as follows:

Toilet paper (much needed), toiletries (tooth brush, tooth paste, shower gel, shampoo…) and spices such as: salt, pepper, garlic powder or paprika (any size will be welcome).

This will be a team effort. Each class will collect these items starting today until February 10th. Then, the class that collects the most items will be rewarded by Middle School students, who will organize some awesome games for the winners! We’re excited for the MIS community to display EMPATHY and CARING through their contributions to this worthy cause.  Thanks!

Let’s roll for the Poverello!!!


4/5 and middle school ski at Snowbowl Friday, February 3, 10, 17 and 24th. We leave here promptly at 8:45. Please make sure your child arrives early and ready with all their skiing gear. We would love your help at the bowl! Please sign up here.

Sign up here to volunteer! 


MCT/MIS PERFORMANCE! 2nd-6th grade students will perform “El Principe Rana”

Week of rehearsals: March 27-30 (This is the week after spring break)

Performance: March 31st



MIS gives back! We have a yellow bin labeled “Soft Landing” under the lost and found table at MIS. Do you have gently used or new clothing to donate? Lets fill up the box with donations to help the community and our international neighbors! To read more about Soft Landing click HERE.


Upcoming Events

Mark your Calendar:

Friday, February 10, 17, 24th. Our 4/5 and middle school ski at Snowbowl. We leave here promptly at 8:45. Please make sure your child arrives no later than 8:30am.

Tuesday,February 14  Feeling the love at MIS…more classroom info to follow soon!.

Friday, February 17  Tuition assistance application due.

To access the online application click here

Monday, February 20 NO SCHOOL – President’s Day. Enjoy the long weekend!


Looking Ahead…

Spring Break- March 20- 24th

MCT/ MIS performance of “El Principe Rana”- March 31st.

Middle School Update. January 20th 2017

Queridos padres,

This week has passed by really fast, but that doesn’t mean that our students have worked less! In fact they have been busy bees!

In 7th grade Humanities, Joshua, our new student, did a project about the weapons used during the Ottoman Empire, and for the presentation he brought along a trebuchet and some catapults he made out of legos! Here is a great slow motion video showing how the trebuchet works and some pictures! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpDb-oQbpkg&feature=youtu.be



Meanwhile in 8th grade humanities students presented their inquiry projects on the Renaissance, Reformation, and European Exploration.

8th grade humanities

Today we had a very special assembly, where professional dancer Quentin Robinson, with whom Ruby Jenni danced at the VIBE, came and showed us the “Happy” dance that they created for such event. It was an amazing experience to see all the kids enjoying together the art of dancing!

Photo credit: Solomon Kentworthy

Photo credit: Solomon Kentworthy

Also Birch Banks has written this beautiful and inspirational poem in honor of the Inauguration:


By Birch Banks


Give hope a chance

All I’m saying is, give hope a chance

Because she loves to change the world

With each word she brings light

Like a dawn, a torch in the dark, a familiar friend.



Give peace a chance

Because he really needs it

To say he is fighting war is an understatement

Because he takes every low to show

The world it’s not worth it.

Never striking back,

He embraces hate as only peace can,

Fighting a battle without hurting a soul.



Give equality a chance

Because they would do it for you

Equality has no boundaries, man or woman,

Gay or straight, white or black, Christian or Muslim,

Because equality wants to see each of us

Have a chance to be the change the world needs

There are no walls when equality’s involved



Give the world a chance

It won’t end with one person

It will end when we all give in

To hate, who can’t see the beauty in us all.

To borders, who stops a man from loving a man,

To guilt, who we hide behind until he steps aside.

We don’t need them.

The world doesn’t need them.

What we need is…

The torch at night of hope,

The strong stance of peace,

The welcome arms of equality

And each and every one of you!



Skiing forms have to be turned in asap


PARENTS!! There is an extra assembly on January 30th at 8:45. Students should be here by 8:30 so they can be a part of the assembly promptly at 8:45. They won’t want to miss the special guests that are coming!
Upcoming Events
Mark your Calendar
  • TuesdayJanuary 24th and Tuesday and January 31st: Admissions Open House for Preschool – 8th grade. Spread the word about MIS! The open house will begin at 6 pm. Earn 5 volunteer hours for every family you refer that applies!
  • Wednesday, January 25th: Re-enrollment forms due.Please be sure to fill out the re-enrollment forms and return to the front office.
  • Monday, January 30th: Kick-off for “I Love to Read Month! ” Happy Reading! Ask your child about  their exciting reading challenge for the month!
Looking Ahead…

Wednesday, February 1stCoffee Talk with Julie. Come learn about the “IB Approaches to Learning”, the life long skills we want all of our students to embody.

WednesdayFebruary 1st- MCT Auditions. The 2nd – 6th grade students will
perform “El Principe Rana” on March 31st.
Friday, February 3rd. Our 4/5 and Middle School students head to Snowbowl!


Middle School Update 12 January, 2017

2017 is off and running for the MIS middle schoolers. All are hard at work on their science fair projects while balancing their load in English, Humanities, Spanish, Math and electives.

This week, all three grades walked over to the University to see VIBE, featuring our very own 7th grader, Ruby. Also, in case you haven’t heard, several MIS students including 6 middle schoolers were awarded prizes for their writing and art inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. In the art category, Oliver placed 3rd, Ian placed 2nd and McKenna took 1st prize. For writing, Grace took 3rd, Gillian placed 2nd and Evelyn took 1st place! Their work will be published in the Missoulian and is on display on the walls of the main stairwell at school.

Kay Kiely reports, “Despite the frigid weather and waking up to a foot of fresh snow, the Middle School Garage Sale raised $2,184.46.” Way to go! Those funds will go a long way toward supporting the wonderful trip 8th graders take to Mexico.  Funds are shared by all three classes, with 6th and 7th graders banking their share until their 8th grade year.  Middle schoolers have another opportunity to earn money for the trip funds by babysitting this Wednesday evening for the parent meeting.


Important Upcoming Dates:
Friday, January 13th – no school
Monday, January 16 – no school, MLK day
Wednesday, January 18 – parent meeting
Friday, January 20 – Middle School dance, 6:30-8:30

Happy New Year from the Middle School

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2017! We were all excited to come back together as a middle school community. A big welcome to Joshua Reisenfeld a new 7th grader who has joined us this semester. Also, welcome back to Ruby Jenni who recently returned from a few months abroad studying dance in Portugal.

On Wednesday, January 11th we will be walking to the Denison Theatre at the University of Montana to enjoy part of the VIBE (Vienna International Ballet Experience) festival. We will leave right after lunch and return to school by 2:45. This should be a wonderful opportunity to watch young dancers from all around the world compete. For more information on VIBE, please visit: http://www.rmbt.org/vibe/.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the second annual Middle School dance! The theme this year is Dancing Through the Ages and kiddos are encouraged to dress up like a favorite time in history or the future. The dance is on Friday, January 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 and will be held in rooms 8 and 9 at MIS. The dance is for MIS middle school kiddos only and will be chaperoned by their teachers.

This week we announced an exciting opportunity for Middle School: we will be offering an optional overnight trip to the Gordon-Reese cabin near Lost Trail Pass. The purpose of this trip is to offer a fun, experiential learning trip that provides opportunity to complete a service project for the Forest Service, try a new winter sport and build community within the Middle School class. Interested students were given additional information today, along with a permission form that must be returned by Wednesday, January 11th.

Mark your calendars: The MIS Science Fair will be held on Thursday afternoon, March 16th. All 6th-8th grade students will be presenting their fabulous projects at this event. The Montana State Science Fair will be held on Monday, March 27th at the Adam Center on the UM campus. Note that this is the very first day following Spring Break. All of our 7th and 8th graders will have the opportunity to go to this competition. More details on both of these events will be announced as we get closer.

Upcoming Events from the office:
Mark your Calendar

January 9th “Winter Session” begins! Check out the new classes on our website here! We are offering enrichment classes for K-8 students as well as adult Spanish classes.
Tuesday,January 10th &
Tuesday, January 17th
Admissions Open House for Preschool- 8th grade
Invite families you know to come learn about all that MIS has to offer! Earn 5 volunteer hours for every family you refer that applies!

January 13th & Monday,
January 16th NO SCHOOL Professional development day and
Martin Luther King Day

Looking Ahead…

Winter Parent Meeting- Wednesday, January 18th 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Don’t forget to sign up for childcare. And remember you get 2 parent volunteer hours for attending!

4/5 and our Middle School students head to Snowbowl! Friday, February 3rd


New After School Classes!

Enrichment Classes for Kids and Adults

The “Winter Session ” for after school
enrichment will begin on January 9th and run
through March 17th.

There are many engaging and creative classes to choose from: Dance, Knitting and Crocheting, Animation and Design Club,llittleBits and Minetest!

Are you interested in learning Spanish?
Sign up here for our adult Spanish classes.

For more information and registration click here.

Middle School update 15 December 2016

Happy Holidays Middle School!

We’re all looking forward to a beautiful last day of the fall semester tomorrow!  We will start the day by attending The Nutcracker, watching a few of our own students shine on stage.  Please note that due to the cold weather forecast, we are asking middle schoolers to be dropped off at THE NORTH DOOR OF THE UC BUILDING at 8:45 A.M.  In the afternoon, back at school, we’ll be giving each other our secret someone gifts – I am always touched by the level of thoughtfulness and creativity shown in these hand-made, personalized gifts.

In Science this week, 7th and 8th graders ended their Genetics unit by presenting their genetic disorder awareness campaigns.  I’m super proud of how well they balanced the science behind how these disorders occur with empathy for the everyday life of folks afflicted with these challenges.

6th graders had an exciting science and engineering day last week, testing out their design process skills and understanding of Archimedes’ Principle.  Using limited and simple materials, the students designed and built sturdy cargo ships.  One of these ships held over 40 times its own weight in cargo without sinking!

All students are beginning to consider their Science Fair topics.  Be sure to ask your young scientist over break about what sort of topics he or she may be interested in studying.

We wish you all a joyful, safe and rejuvenating winter break.  See you in 2017!

Jen and the Middle School Team


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NO SCHOOL- MONDAY, January 2nd

First day back at school- Tuesday, January 3rd all K/1 and 2/3 classes go ice skating.


The “Winter Session” for after school enrichment classes for kids and adults will begin on January 9th and run through March 17th.

There are many engaging and creative classes to choose from: dance, knitting and crocheting, chess, technology, and adult Spanish! For more information and registration click here.

Are you interested in learning Spanish?  Sign up here for our adult Spanish classes. 


Upcoming Events…

January 3rd &
January 4th
First week of Ice Skating for K/1 and 2/3 We would love your help at the rink! Come lace up your skates and join in the fun! Please sign up here.
January 9th
“Winter Session” starting begins! Check out the new classes on our website here! We are offering enrichment classes for K-8 students as well as adult Spanish classes.
January 13th &
January 16th
NO SCHOOL Professional development day and
Martin Luther King Day
January 10th &
January 17th
Admissions Open House for Preschool- 8th grade Invite families you know to come learn about all that MIS has to offer! Earn 5 volunteer hours for every family you refer that applies!

Looking Ahead… Parent Meeting- Wednesday, January 18th 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Middle School Update. 02 December 2016

Hola queridos padres!

This week, the 7th grade class in Spanish started to write their greeting cards for their Spanish pen-pals with Karim.  The class connected with a school in Granada and each student has a Spanish pen-pal.  This week they started to prepare paper cards that will be taken over the break by one of our Spanish teachers to our friend school.

They also practiced their reading aloud and comprehension skills in their reading groups.  To finish the week, they had some group language games that help reinforce their skills.

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Meanwhile, 6th graders started their reading buddies activities with Patty and Miriam’s class. They all had a great time reading to each other and sharing common interests. As a sneak peak I’ll say that 6th graders are creating their own books to read to them next time! Stay tuned!

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As for our great cast of Midsummer Night’s Dream, here are some pics from behind the curtain. These kiddos are working really hard, as a team, and as a great family, so they deserve a HUGE AUDIENCE at our first ever 7th and 8th grade play!  Bring your family and friends, tell your neighbors, your butcher or baker! so the hard work of our young thespians is supported!  6:30, December 8th, UM Recital Hall!

If you need volunteer hours, stick around after the show to help take down the set and return set pieces to MIS.  Thanks!
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More exciting things coming up!:

  • Coffee Talk with JULIE!

Join Julie in the Board Room for a warm cup of coffee and a discussion about Responsive Classroom at MIS.

Wednesday, December 7:  9-10 am

Click here for more detailed information.

  • Informational meeting and kindergarten visit for current preschool parents.

Tuesday, December 6th from 9-10 am

  • Original Works Orders will be available for pick up at the office on MONDAY.
  • MIS SPIRIT GEAR order forms will be at the front office on Monday!Order ASAP to have your MIS gear for on time x-mas delivery. 
  • Need holiday gift ideas? Scholastic Books make the perfect present!! 

The fliers have been given to all students this week. 


Browse all of the catalogs online at www.scholastic.com/readingclubs.  Our school code is HKWNM.  You may order online, books will be shipped to the school at no charge.

  • Next week, plan to attend the 7/8th grade production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. It promises to be a phenomenal performance. 

The Middle School will perform at the UM Music Recital Hall. Show begins at 6:30 PM. Click here for more information.




Middle School Garage Sale

Saturday, December 10

Accepting donations NOW.

DROP OFF at our new location at 800 S. 3rd St. W. between now and Dec. 10:


Saturday, December 3rd: 9:00 – 11:00 

Monday December 5th 11:30 – 1:00

If the above times do not work for you, please contact Ben Super 

 to arrange 

your donation drop off. 


Are you able to help volunteer? 

Sign up below.

We thank you for your support!


More info… 


Middle School Update 11/22

Wow, it is Thanksgiving time already. I hope everyone has a festive and safe holiday.

For this week’s blog, I would like to report that the 8th graders finished the week with a friendly but ultra competitive game that challenged their arithmetic skills as well as their ability to work together and write legibly and quickly! The 7th grade enjoyed a viewing of the oldie but goodie, “Donald In Mathemagic Land”.

Karim shared the following photos of the 7th graders with their reading buddies…

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And some things to look forward to:

7/8th grade Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
The Middle School will perform at the UM Music Recital Hall.
Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM  Students designed the sets, made the costumes and composed the music for this engaging production. This event is suitable for all ages.
Event is free and open to the public, however, donations of $2 per person are suggested.
Middle School Garage Sale
Saturday, December 10
Fall is a great time to clean out closets and get rid of the old in anticipation of the new!
Please consider donating your used clothing, dishes, and furniture for our 3rd annual MIDDLE SCHOOL GARAGE SALE!
Held at MIS’s NEW PROPERTY at 800 South Third St. W.
 Help fund the middle school trips to Mexico!
Accepting donations NOW.
We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with drop off times. Sign up below and check out the current times available to drop off your items.
We thank you for your support!



November 28th through December 2nd, 2016

To keep this spirit week enjoyable for everyone, let’s keep costumes non-violent and appropriate for all ages. Let’s have a great week together!

Monday (11/28) Your mission is for odd grades to wear  cool colors and even grades to wear warm colors . The IB connection is being balanced.

Tuesday (11/29) Your mission is to dress up as your favorite book/movie character. The IB connection is being knowledgeable.
Wednesday (11/30) Your mission is to dress up like a superhero or a personal hero (for example: Jane Goodall or Martin Luther King, Jr).  The IB connection is being a risk-taker.
Thursday (12/1) Your mission is to dress as crazy and as wild as possible. The IB connection is being open-minded.
Friday (12/2) Your mission is to wear your MIS swag!!! The connection is that MIS is an IB school!
Upcoming Events
  • November 23rd, 24th or 25th – NO SCHOOL! Enjoy your time with family…
  • Monday, November 28 – NEW Enrichment classes begin: Join us for a 3 week “mini-session”! Check out the new classes here.
  • Wednesday, December 7 – 9:00 am – Coffee Talk with Julie: Join Julie in the Board Room for a warm cup of coffee and a discussion about Responsive Classroom at MIS.
  • Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM –  7/8th grade Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  The Middle School will perform at the UM Music Recital Hall.
  • Saturday, December 10th- Middle School garage Sale

Middle School Update, 11/17

The 7th and 8th graders are busy collaborating on their first, ever 7th and 8th grade play. This production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an extension of the study they did of the play during English class. While some students are busy memorizing lines as actors, others are composing and learning music while others work on sound and light cues. All middle school students are building the sets, constructing costumes and working on promotional materials for the show. This is truly an excellent collaboration!

Be sure to mark your calendars for December 8th. The play will begin at 6:30 in the UM Recital Hall on the University of Montana campus.

Seventh and eighth graders will plan to walk over to the theatre on Thursday, December 8th.  6th graders will join us there in the afternoon.  For that reason, we are asking that all students’ are picked up at the UM Recital Hall on Thursday, December 8th at 3:30.  The kiddos will be picked up at 3:30, hopefully eat a hearty snack, and then 7th and 8th graders return to the theatre by 5:00 to get in costumes for the production.  Please let Gillian know if you have questions about this.

I am still looking for volunteers to help strike the set after the production.  In addition, we will need help transporting sets and costumes back to school and washing costumes.  Again, let Gillian know if you’d like to help out in these areas.

We are all excited for this production!  Spread the word to friends and family, because we want a full house!

With gratitude for all you do to support these marvelous children, I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving.